How Much Do You *Actually* Know About Contraceptives?ColoCRM2020-09-24T13:22:07-06:00
How Much Do You *Actually* Know About Contraceptives?
September 21, 2020
By Cassie Shortsleeve
Repeat after us: Plan B—a form of emergency contraception—is not a prescription medication. In fact, it’s been widely available over the counter since 2013—and you can find it at pretty much all of the major retail stores (think: Target, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens/Duane Reade). Just head to the family planning aisle. Remember: No prescription, ID, or age requirement required. Voila.
True or False: Plan B won’t work if you’re already preggers.
Answer: That’s true
First things first: Plan B *isn’t* an abortion pill—it’s a backup option to help prevent a pregnancy before it starts when used after unprotected sex or birth control failure. So, no: it doesn’t work if you’re already pregnant. Here’s why: Plan B works by temporarily delaying ovulation—so essentially, that means that if there’s no egg, there can be no fertilization, and thus, there can be no pregnancy.